Where would you go if you could go anywhere in France?
Incidentally, this is the exact dilemma I’m faced with. Well, we can hardly call it a dilemma, can we? But it’s what I’m facing.
Would you run with the wild horses in Camargue? Fly a hot air balloon above the fortified city of Rocamadour? Swim beneath the arches of the Pont du Gard?
These are just some of the options that I’m contemplating in the lead up to my trip around France – which will incidentally be season four of The Earful Tower, the Honeymoon Season, the Amour de France.
On August 15th, 2018, I’m going to jump on my little red scooter in Paris. My wife of two weeks will jump on the back.
Together, we will head north towards Chantilly, where we will spend the first night at The Courtyard Chantilly. And from there, not much is really decided.
Here’s what I do know.
Because it’s a honeymoon, we’re obviously going to travel in a vague heart shape, as you can see in the picture below. We will travel in an anti-clockwise direction. So, Normandy and Brittany first.
Because neither of us are wealthy, we’re going to keep it fairly cheap (so if you’ve got recommendations for places to visit, please don’t go too expensive).
Because our rental lease is up in Paris, we’re in no rush to complete the heart shape – as we don’t have a home to return to. It will take at least six weeks, likely more.
Because we don’t know France that well, we’re very happy to hear your tips and suggestions for the route. Do you remember visiting an amazing little village in Provence? Do you know an author in Bordeaux who would make a great podcast guest? Do you own a chateau somewhere that has a spare bed?
In any case, I will share regular podcast episodes as always, blog posts on Facebook, and some pics on Instagram – but the most fun will be behind the paywall for the Patreon supporters of The Earful Tower. That’s where I’ll do all the live videos and bonus content.
Why would I charge supporters for this stuff? Well… I’ve gotta refill the fuel tank somehow…
Absolute definite destinations:
August 15th: Chateau exploring in Chantilly.
August 25th: Making galettes in Saint-Brieuc with a bonafide Breton, Fabien.
September 1st: Seeing Angers with Diane from Oui in France.
September 5th: Living French village life in Verteuil-sur-Charente, pictured below.
Sep 10th: Bordeaux highlights, hosted by Mike from Bordeaux Expats
Anything and everything in between. I’ve got my eyes on Giverny, Deauville, Bayeux, La Rochelle, Ile de Re… and then everything onwards from Bordeaux. We can think about that in a month.
So the big question is: What should I see and who should I meet? Leave comments below, email me, get in touch! Now is the time!
Now is incidentally also the time to sign up on Patreon, it is via your membership that this trip is possible. Thanks to all current members, and to any who join up too!
First episode: Monday August 13th wherever you get your podcasts (and below). First day of the trip: Wednesday August 15th.